Header Image Xiaojing Yan Press Release 2014


AUGUST 27 – SEPTEMBER 28, 2014

Saturday, September 20, 10 am – 1 pm
Artist Talk 11 am

Lonsdale Gallery presents Innocence & Experience, solo exhibition of new work by interdisciplinary artist Xiaojing Yan. Yan has explored her placement, or displacement, between an Eastern and Western existence. Her latest exhibition is born from a greater point of impasse.  Acting from the perspective of a child as well as a mother, Yan is reflecting on life, aging and all of the stages therein.  Her new works are meditations on these themes, taking the form of sculpture, installation, drawings and video.  The exhibition centers around two objects of importance: the scholar’s stone and the Lingzhi mushroom. These objects are the subject of folklore and superstition in China.  Yan takes these symbols and re-examines them from her place as an immigrant in the Western world.

Yan’s earlier installations reprising traditional views of Chinese landscapes, have been the cornerstone of several public gallery and museum exhibits across Canada, as well as a featured Special Project at Art Toronto (2013).  Since immigrating to Canada, Yan has analyzed the culture of her homeland from a Western perspective, reassembling a rich cultural heritage through her artwork.  A selection of her past works will fill the upper floor of the gallery, presenting a unique opportunity to appreciate Yan’s brilliant artistic career.  A publication compiling Yan’s work to date will be published in 2015.

Lonsdale Gallery is participating in the Canadian Art Gallery Hop. Join Xiaojing Yan at
her brunch, artist talk and reception to experience her breathtaking exhibition on Saturday, September 20th, from 10 am – 1 pm.  Artist talk begins at 11 am.